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08.09.2003 Sports News

Obodai Not Ready For The Black Stars

By Ibrahim Sannie Daara
Obodai Not Ready For The Black Stars
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Ajax Amsterdam’s Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Obodai has said that the time is not rife for him to join the senior national team the Black Stars.

Obodai was speaking for the first time since joining the senior team of Ajax Amsterdam in July. He told GHANAWEB in an interview in London yesterday that until he holds down a regular position in the first team of Ajax : ‘then it is not the right time for me to join the Black Stars. The right time for me to join the Black Stars is when I play some matches for Ajax in the league and most importantly in UEFA Champions League, I would have gained the necessary experience to compete for a position in the national team.’ he said.

He said Ghana currently has the best U-23 team in Africa and therefore the Ghana Football Association should ensure that adequate preparation are made for the qualifiers for the Olympics in Greece next year. He added that his most of his mates at the U17 level have progressed in top teams in Europe and with some addition from the local league players Ghana should compete for gold at the Olympics. He said he is ready to playu for the Black Meteors.

The 21-year-old revealed that he was invited to the senior team by the head coach of Ajax Ronald Koeman who defended the reason by inviting Obodai by saying: “Obodai made a good impression at season's end. That's why I created a spot for him in pre-season." He added that he was invited to play for Ajax in a friendly against the national team of Holland last May. He impressed Koeman in the match and was informed of his promotion depending his pre-season form in July.

A full Q&A text of the interview with Obodai will be posted here soon.

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